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The Naked Duke

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

It's not what you think. . .

. . . it's so much better! I'll admit, when I first read the title I was thinking that this was a fluffy romance novel. I picked it up because, well, sometimes I'm in the mood for a little fluff. These books (I say books because I read them all in a weekend) are n...
. . . it's so much better! I'll admit, when I first read the title I was thinking that this was a fluffy romance novel. I picked it up because, well, sometimes I'm in the mood for a little fluff. These books (I say books because I read them all in a weekend) are not fluffy romance. It's real romance you'll find here. Alright, The Naked Duke finds himself in a rather compromising position at the beginning of the book, but you need to think past that. Think 'naked' as in exposed, not physically, so much as emotionally. These characters are deep in a London society that, well, just isn't!

In The Naked Duke, an English Duke finds himself completely besotted with an American woman come over from the states. The book is about his attempts at wooing, her reactions to London society, and the tons' reaction to her. In the meantime, both Sarah and the Duke have to dodge his brother who is a truly sick bas-bugger.

Be prepared to be taken by this one. Leave yourself some time to read and be sure to have the next book on hand. I guarantee you'll have to read to the end and still be left wishing there was more!

posted by Xedra77 on April 5, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

More disturbing than romantic.

MacKenzie's main characters have promise at the beginning of the novel, but the number of references to prostitution and the repeated focus on the threat of rape severely interfere with the novel's ability to be enjoyable. With those elements deleted, the plot is ordina...
MacKenzie's main characters have promise at the beginning of the novel, but the number of references to prostitution and the repeated focus on the threat of rape severely interfere with the novel's ability to be enjoyable. With those elements deleted, the plot is ordinary to the extreme.

posted by Athelston on July 20, 2010

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    More disturbing than romantic.

    MacKenzie's main characters have promise at the beginning of the novel, but the number of references to prostitution and the repeated focus on the threat of rape severely interfere with the novel's ability to be enjoyable. With those elements deleted, the plot is ordinary to the extreme.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    could not enjoy it!

    i have to agree with another poster about the repeated threats about rape interfering with the book's enjoyment. it was beyond belief that the heroine would allow herself to be dragged about on a dance-floor by someone she did not want to dance with...not once, not even twice! this was my first book by this author and it will be my last. the book had so much potential but totally failed as a romance in my opinion. Yuk!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Overall Rating: 1.80

    Overall Rating: 1.80 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 1 / Romance: 3 / Sensuous: 1 / Intrigue: 3.5 // Regency Flavor: 2.5 / Laughter: 2 / Tears: 0 Abject apologies to Sally MacKenzie for not liking her debut book, "The Naked Duke," the first book in "The Naked Nobility Series." Although thought the opening gambit original, cute, fun, and intriguing, never did warm up to the absolutely perfect hero, James William Randolph Runyon, Duke of Alvord, nor the heroine, Sarah Marie Hamilton. Surely reading about a destitute woman, on her own, in a foreign country, with no signs of finding employment, living with strangers would dredge up some concern. Specific reasons for discontent with this book can be found in more detailed review at Wolf Bear Does Books. Even though "The Naked Duke," was not a total wash (did finish the book), would not recommend it. Yes, pick up and read this book if you have no other book handy, but otherwise, look elsewhere for a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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